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11 month old - jerky arms

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PinkParsnips Thu 30-Oct-14 14:30:36

My DD who has just turned 11 months has these really jerky hand movements and I'm just wondering if this is normal as my friends kids of similar ages don't do this.

The best way I can describe it is she sort of brings both hands together as if she is going to clap (which she can do) but stops halfway so her hands just jerk together and stop mid air. She also opens and closes her fingers repeatedly quite a lot.

My husband and dad (who looks after her 2 days a week) say it's just excitement but it looks so odd and wrong to me.

HV is stumped as usual so I just wondered if anyone else's DC did this?

In every other way she's doing great - crawled at 7mth, cruising well, says a couple of words, very good hand to mouth co-ordination, stacks rings correctly etc.

Am I worrying over nothing?! confused

ClawHandsIfYouBelieveInFreaks Thu 30-Oct-14 14:37:38

Is it like a moro reflex? When she's surprised?

PinkParsnips Thu 30-Oct-14 15:02:27

Hi, yes it is a bit - I was going to put in my op actually - that it's like the startle reflex but it's just at any time, not when she's been startled or anything.

Geneticsbunny Thu 30-Oct-14 15:10:26

Have a quick search for west syndrome on YouTube and just see if it looks like that. My son had it and he was diagnosed with west syndrome and then tuberous sclerosis. It looked just like the startle reflex and I ignored it until he was 3 months old.

Geneticsbunny Thu 30-Oct-14 15:11:10

Feel free to pm me if you want more info.

PinkParsnips Thu 30-Oct-14 15:39:48

Hi, thanks for replying ... I'm sorry to hear about your son, I hope he's ok?
I've just had a quick look at some You Tube clips of West Syndrome and it doesn't look quite the same but I'll look at a few more.

I've just been watching her now and it's almost as if when she's got something in her hands her movements are perfectly controlled but when her hands are empty she can't keep them still and they just jerk and flail around.

morchoxplz Thu 30-Oct-14 16:16:28

My DS did this at same age. Like a jerky shoulder shrug. He'd be sitting in his bouncy chair and do it randomly.He stopped as quickly as he started.

Geneticsbunny Thu 30-Oct-14 17:47:11

Don't be sorry. He is amazing and perfect. Just didn't want it to go missed in someone else in case you didn't get the help you needed. Glad it isn't the same thing.

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